Lime Gulch Fire 100 percent contained Sunday night
Smoke behind firefighters who are fording North Fork Platte River. Photo: USFS June 21, 2013
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Fire crews fully contained the Lime Gulch Fire Sunday evening, five days after it was first reported.
Firefighters raised containment from 15 to 90 percent on Saturday, and all evacuations in the region were lifted.
Officials began allowing all evacuees back to their homes at 9 p.m. Saturday night.
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The Lime Gulch Fire (previously called the Chair Rock Fire), south of Conifer and east of Bailey, burned a total of 511 acres.
Road closures and power outages continued throughout the area during the blaze. The fire was most active on the north and west sides of the region. A spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office stressed that ground crews were mainly putting out the fire Friday, not air support.
A Type 2 team incident management team took over management of the fire on Thursday evening.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office issued Level 3 evacuations (meaning residents should leave immediately) Wednesday afternoon for a 3-mile radius from Cathedral Spires.
Level 1 evacuations were issued for residents in a one mile radius of the intersection of South Pleasant Park Road and Kuehster Road, as well as residents in a one mile radius of Spring Creek Ranch.
Level 3 evacuations were also ordered for Buffalo Park and Buffalo Creek townships.
Additionally in Douglas County, Night Hawk Hill and Platte River South were placed on a pre-evacuation notice.
The subdivision of Spring Creek was placed on a “Be Ready” Level 1 evacuation status.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says the fire was first reported around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Around 1 p.m. Wednesday, deputies received reports of black smoke as the fire grew in size.
The fire is thought to have been sparked by lightning, the Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team reported.
It was burning mostly in rugged terrain in an area popular with hikers and no homes were immediately threatened.
A fire information line has been established for the Lime Gulch Fire. Residents can call (720) 583-4733.